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Dec 6, 2012 1:00pm PST
. the words of defense secretary leon panetta warning syrian president assad against using chenlcle weapons on his own people. pentagon sources tell nbc news that the syrian government has loaded sarin gas, a deadly nerve agent, into aerial bombs and is awaiting orders from president assad to use it. michael o'hanlon of the brookings institution joins us now. mike, every day it seems the urgency grows on the syrian crisis. how is the u.s. dealing now with this very real threat apparently of chemical weapons? >> hi, martin. well, i don't know how we're dealing with it at the military planning level but certainly as you mentioned, at the political level there are clear threats and the united states would have to do something if assad decided this was his hail mary attempt to slow down the insurgency in an effort to destroy them. i think if that happened what we would do at a minimum would be to attack from the air any known chemical weapon depots. then the question becomes can we really just do that, make a statement, and go home or are we now essentially involved in the conflict at least up
MSNBC
Dec 12, 2012 1:00pm PST
the legitimate representative of the syrian people in opposition to the assad regime. >> so ambassador, how does america's afact change in practice? >> it signals to the other countries that have recognized this syrian coalition that it's time to begin providing more effective weaponry we have been unable to do. so britain, france allies are already doing that. and it shows to the effect our diplomacy has been effective to help this coalition which is now meeting in morocco under the friends of syria arrangement. but the most important thing here is while this is diplomatic recognition, martin, the fighting drags on. and the humanitarian crisis is abysmal. and that's the real story here. >> i agree entirely. dana, with the president recognizing the rebels, do you think this suggests that he may be planning to provide some major military hardware to those who are fighti ining assad? >> this is a necessary first step towards that. it's an incremental development and one that was not unexpected to occur. it doesn't do anything by itself. but it seems to be heading that that direction as a political
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